So it's out - I'm pregnant and loving it... ummm at times...! And other times it's just really hard and tiring and nauseating. But if you're already a mum I won't be telling you anything you don't know.
One of the toughest things for me has been keeping on track with my healthy eating mantra. I'm a self-confessed IQS nut, and given my passion for food I have to be pretty careful not to over indulge - even on the good stuff! But pregnancy has really put me to the test. Bouts of morning seasickness saw me reaching for the crackers before breakfast (I have never eaten so many Savoys in my life!) and mini Magnums after dinner.
So I set myself the challenge of looking for healthier options to keep the cravings at bay and this is what I came up with.
Image: Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
Banana ice cream
In a bid to ditch the Magnums, I've been treating myself to freshly made banana ice cream with nothing but pure bananas. For only $50 you can get delicious soft-serve at home (and you don't need to limit yourself to bananas - it is also great with frozen mangos) with the help of Yonanas. There's a gazillion recipes here too for further inspiration. Yes I know it's another gadget for your kitchen cupboards but in summer this little machine is perfect for dessert after BBQs and afternoon snacks by the pool.
Instead of getting my dairy fix from sugary products, I've been making a ton of healthy smoothies and trying to get some green stuff in the mix too, to boost my vitamin intake. I've been throwing in lots of frozen berries, yoghurt and a teensy bit of rice malt syrup if the fruit is tart, along with spinach leaves, chia and cinnamon. Makes breakfast a little easier to keep down in the early months too.
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I've always had a soft spot for savoury foods, particularly anything involving bread, potatoes or pasta. But pregnancy has taken this penchant to a whole new level - yes people, I'm going to admit it, I'm currently in the midst of a love affair with toast, potato gems and spiral pasta.
In a bid to keep it as healthy as possible, here's what I've done:
Bread - kept it to high fibre sourdough of the highest quality. The baby is bound to be fussy now ha!
Potato gems - limited myself to half a dozen in one serve and rationed them out over the week. Hell no I'm not going to deny myself on these bad boys!
Spiral pasta - wheat free, gluten free is the way to go. So much lighter for my tummy and I've been making a mean vegie pasta sauce with roasted eggplant, spinach leaves, mushrooms and herbs. Stir in a capsicum pesto for a creamy pasta. The baby loves it!
The second breakfast
This may not be to everyone's taste but I've been getting really hungry by 10am and eating a second breakfast made up of:
- a tin of tuna (in oil)
- a tin of chickpeas
- a squished up avocado
Salt, pepper and lemon on top and that seriously makes me drool!
Full up lunches
I've also been struggling to get through my lunch (maybe it's because of the second breakfast!?) so when eating out I've chosen restaurants that do goody bags and have saved the second half of my meal for the afternoon or an early dinner. My favourite pregnancy lunch meal? Bun - it's a cold vietnamese salad with rice noodles, lettuce, carrots, coriander and chicken or beef (and when I've worked a 60+hour week I have spring rolls with it too!). Seriously amazing with a drizzle of this sweet sauce that they serve it with. Heaven in a bowl!
Other random tips I've picked up
Water by the bedside is a must - with a straw for when your tummy is a bit bigger and it's harder to roll around!
Ice is awesome. As are crackers.
Don't deny yourself - just try and eat healthy when you can and do a bit more walking than normal! As I keep saying to my husband, I'm building a house for this baby, as well as a baby!
What are your pregnancy snack tips?